It is now official, Zambia will miss the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Bottom placed Kenya beat number 2 side Congo-Brazzaville 2-1 on Sunday in their penultimate Group E qualifier but that result was not enough to keep 3rd placed Zambia’s slim hopes staying in the hunt for a runners up slot.
However, the result handed Guinea Bissau’s debut africa Cup qualification and ended both Zambia and Congo’s interest in the race to Gabon.
Guinea Bissau have 10 points, four more than Congo and Zambia who stay 2nd and 3rd respectively and tied on 6 points from five matches.
Both Zambia and Congo cannot beat Burkina Faso and Liberia’s 10 point haul accumulated on Sunday in their respective penultimate group qualifiers.
Burkina Faso beat 1-0 away win over Comoros to stay second in Group D while Liberia drew 2-2 away against Togo to remain behind Group A leaders Tunisia tied on 10 points heading into September’s final group qualifier deciders.
Zambia, who host Kenya this September in a formality match, will miss the Africa Cup for the first time since 2004.